How To Make A Teleprompter
Learn step-by-step how to make a professional quality teleprompter, complete with a parts list. In addition, I share the free teleprompter software we use to record hundreds of YouTube videos in our studio.
How Does A Speech Teleprompter Work?
A teleprompter is simply a transparent beamsplitter mirror mounted at an angle over a display. When delivering a speech, the reflection of the script is invisible on the backside so only the speaker can see it. When recording through it, a black cloth is placed on top to block reflections from above.
Teleprompter Parts List
14″x14″ Beamsplitter Mirror w/Rounded Corners
Neewer 15 Pieces 1/4″ 3/8″ Metal Threaded Screw Converter Adapter
Laptop Tray (On-Stage MSA5000)
Tray Attachment (On-Stage MSA9508)
Tray Adapter (On-Stage Music Accessory (MM01))
Black Cloth Teleprompter Shroud (Cut To Size)
Shroud Binder Clips (Medium)
In-Depth Build Guide
For comfortable viewing using any device up to a 17″ laptop, I recommend a minimum of 14″ x 14″ in size. If you plan to use larger displays, such as a 32″ monitor, you should upgrade to an 18″x18″ size.
The mirror has a special dielectric coating on low iron glass, which minimizes tint and allows a crisp reflection of the script. It also has an anti-reflective coating on the back side to prevent ghosting. The best angle for your mirror is 45 degrees (or more) and you can adjust the angle to center the reflection of your display.
The mirror also has round corners that give a nice visual appearance while preventing accidental breakage.
The heavy-duty light stand is the foundation of your teleprompter, so you’ll want it to weigh enough to support the weight of the glass without tipping. The height is easily adjustable, so you can center the glass to the height of the speaker. For additional stability, such as using outside, the legs can be weighed down with weighted bags.
The Nikon mount holds and angles the beamsplitter glass. It locks securely in place with a padded clamp to prevent scratching and breakage.
The threaded screw kit connects the light stand and the Nikon 7070 mount.
The laptop tray is used to hold your iPad, tablet, or laptop (up to 18″ laptop supported).
The microphone boom mount connects the laptop tray to the light stand.
The tray adapter connects the microphone boom mount to the tray.
Monitor Stand (Optional)
A portable, lightweight table that can be used to support a 32″ display under the teleprompter.
Recommended Studio Gear 
*** RECOMMENDED DISPLAYS ***
32″ Samsung Display (With Built-In Mirror Flipping)
12.9″ iPad Pro or MacBook
Windows Laptop: 17.3″ Gigabyte Aorus
*** TELEPROMPTER ACCESSORIES ***
Tripod Weight Bag (For Optional Added Stability)
DSLR Tripod: K&F Concept (For DSLR Camera)
Budget Microphone: Neewer NW-82
Pro Microphone: Sennheiser MKE-600
*** CHROMAKEY BACKDROPS ***
Green Screen (ChromaKey Paper)
*** HIGH-END CAMERA EQUIPMENT ***
Upper End DSLR: EOS-1D X Mark III
Memory Card for EOS-1D X Mark III
Card Reader for EOS-1D X Mark III
*** BUDGET CAMERA EQUIPMENT ***
Mid-Range DSLR: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera With Lens
Entry Level DSLR: EOS Rebel T8i With Lens
*** CAMERA ACCESSORIES ***
LED Panel Studio Lighting (We Use Qty 4)
Mini On-Camera Display: Feelworld 6″ Monitor
Batteries for Feelworld 6″ Monitor
Adaptor for Feelworld Monitor: ULANZI ST-06
Noise Cancelling Headphones: Sony WH-1000XM5
Alternative To Sony Headphones: Bose 700
*** VIDEO EDITING EQUIPMENT ***
PC Workstation for Video Editing (13th Gen i9 + GeForce 4090)
*** EQUIPMENT FOR B ROLL FOOTAGE ***
Drone For Ariel Videography: DJI Mini 3
Motorized Camera Slider: Neewer 47.2″ (120cm) Slider
*** VIDEOGRAPHY TRAINING ***
Roger Love – Set Your Voice Free
How To Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck
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- Extend the legs of the heavy-duty light stand.
- Attach the threaded screw adapter and the combo reversible thread adapter onto the light stand.
- Mount the Nikon 7070 to the top.
- Place the beamsplitter mirror in the Nikon 7070 and tighten it (do not over-tighten!).
- Adjust the light stand height so that the center of the mirror is at eye level.
- Attach the tray and place your display on it.
- While holding the glass, loosen the mirror and adjust it to approximately 45 degrees so you see the reflection of your screen in the center of the mirror. Retighten the glass.
- Place your DSLR in back of the glass on a tripod.
- Your speech teleprompter is now assembled. If you plan to record through the glass, proceed to the next steps.
- Cut the black cloth to fit your mirror, leaving extra to be trimmed later.
- Using the binder clips, attach the black cloth to the top, sides, and bottom of the glass and drape back over your camera lens.
- Clip the cloth around the camera so light isn’t getting inside to cause unwanted reflections on the back of the glass.